Working with Scale
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Working with Scale

Jan 18, 2019
Video Length:  1:04:22
Presented By:  Paul Houchin
Proper scale practice is not only essential to Land F/X but to the entire fields of landscape and irrigation design. Join us this week to learn all about setting up drawing scales. We’ll do some scale troubleshooting and show you when and how to use scaling techniques such as splitting your drawing into different scales, scaling details, and changing the scale of your entire drawing.

Webinar Contents:

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  • Intro/TOC
  • AutoCAD and Scale
  • Scale in Land F/X
  • Drawing Setup
  • Multiple Scales in One Drawing
  • Scaling Details
  • Common Troubleshooting

0:00 – 3:28: Intro/TOC

3:29 – 8:44: AutoCAD and Scale


The three big players: (3:37)

  • Drawing units
  • Model Space
  • Paper Space


Drawing units (3:50)


Model Space (4:40)

  • Model Space is generally where you’ll do most of the work in your drawing.
  • Without scale – meaning your model is drawn at full size.
  • Scale doesn’t necessarily matter here until you want to enter text, dimensions, callouts, hatch patterns, etc.


Paper Space (5:30)

  • A virtual representation of your printed document.
  • Your model is scaled and placed on paper through Viewports.
  • Scale is extremely important.


Annotations and scale: How AutoCAD treats annotations (6:25)

  • Text is sized in units of drawing.
    • Example: 1/4", 1/2", 6mm, 12mm, etc.
  • User is in charge of figuring out sizes of texts used and also scaling text sizes for print.
  • Annotative scale allows users to set up different text size profiles for different text types.

8:45 – 9:59: Scale in Land F/X

How Land F/X treats annotations (8:45)

  • 3 elements to factor into text size:
    • Plot scale
    • Drawing units
    • Text point size
  • Actual scaling of text is automated
  • Set it and forget it.

10:00 – 29:09: Drawing Setup

Setting the drawing units (10:20)


Setting the scale using our Scale tool (11:05)


Placing text (12:50)


Examining the text properties in the Properties panel (14:30)


Scaling a Paper Space viewport (15:30)


Placing additional text in Paper Space and having it scale correctly (17:00)


Once you’ve placed text using our Land F/X Text tool, you’ll be able to use the AutoCAD Text or Text tool to place text, and that text will appear in the active Text Style and scale correctly in your drawing. (18:55)


Verifying the drawing units by drawing a 10-foot reference line (22:00)


Saving and importing a drawing into another file as an Xref (26:45)


Our fxREF tool (27:30)


29:10 – 35:56: Multiple Scales in One Drawing


Placing and labeling plants (29:10)


Placing a Work Area around a region of a drawing (30:35)


Changing the scale of the Work Area and rescaling the objects in that Work Area using the Rescale Objects option (31:28)


Setting the Work Area’s scale in Paper Space (32:35)


Using the MV (Make Viewport) command to create a Paper Space viewport (33:40)


The importance of NOT using the Rescale Objects option if you have already rescaled your objects (34:00)


Note that when you create multiple viewports of the same area and scale them correctly, the text size will be the same across the multiple viewports with different scales, even when the different scales objects such as plants are different sizes from viewport to viewport due to the scale differences.

35:57 – 47:16: Scaling Details

How Detail Templates work (36:12)

A Detail Template works similarly to a Work Area in that it places a boundary around an area of your drawing (in this case, a detail). However, Detail Templates change size in Model Space, depending on the scale.


Drawing detail linework (37:00)


Configuring and placing the Detail Template (37:40)


Template sizes (38:15)


Scaling a detail within a Template (39:30)


Keyboard commands for Detail Templates (40:05)


Scaling comparison of details placed on a sheet (41:13)


How to work with details that are not drawn to scale (42:38)

47:17 – end: Common Troubleshooting

Correcting labels that are coming in at the wrong scale (48:00)


Determining the Land F/X Text Style that has been used for a piece of text (50:30)


Using the Select Similar option to select and correct a large number of labels (54:10)


Using the Align command to correct the scale and alignment in an Xref (55:00)


Changing the scale of a detail (58:00)


Verifying and correcting the scale of a hatch and text in a detail (1:00:48)

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